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Meet Bill Scott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bill Scott.

Bill, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It all started when I picked up a guitar at the age of 11, there was no turning back. I started my first “band” with my friend Jack Dill. At the age of 12, Jack moved away and I started a new band and was writing and playing shows constantly. My parents wanted me to be a businessman or a lawyer and they cringed at the idea of me being a musician. I understand why today, but couldn’t back then. My Mom told me if I was going to pursue a career in music I should go to Berklee College of Music close to where I lived in Massachusetts. During my third year at Berklee my friend Jack Dill called me from New York and told me he had landed a production deal with Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and he wanted me to fly to LA and record the guitars for his E.P. I ended up recording with Steve Ferrone, Nathan East, Steve Postell, with John Jones Engineering the record. I was elated.

At 21 years old, I was in LA recording an album with my best friend and playing with legends. I scrapped my initial plans of moving to New York and decided I’d give the West Coast a shot first. I rented a house in Van Nuys with my band at the time, I was teaching guitar online for Sam Ash and started searching around for jobs on Craig’s List. After my first year in the valley, I landed two great gigs. The first was managing a private studio in the Hollywood Hills for a fellow Berklee Alum, and the other was playing guitar for a very well funded indie Artist. Through playing in a few bands associated with the studio I managed I met T-Roy Berry. T and I became fast friends and after booking my band he hired me on to work for his company Surge Event.

Through my years in LA, I’ve managed to become a jack of many trades. I record as a session musician, as live gun for hire, work as a producer, a mixer, studio tech, a promoter, a teacher and a songwriter. In the last year, I have finished recording my solo album entitled “You Got Nothin'” with producer and songwriter Greg Prestopino and it is scheduled for release on August 2nd.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would say working in the music business has definitely not been a smooth road. This is not a career for the faint of heart. You have to love it in order to do it. I’ve had rough times with no gigs coming in. A lot of times when I leave town for a tour it takes a while for your fellow musicians to realize you’re back in town. Usually after a lull when things pick up you get slammed with work, going from being bored and having all the time in the world with no money, to not a having a free moment for anything besides work and having money and no time to spend it. I’ve had great times on the road but a few strange things can happen. I had a speaker fall on my head while on tour, had my life threatened while on tour, drank in mob bars while on tour, but also had a hell of a lot of fun.

Then of course there’s just odd life things that aren’t really music related. My first year here I had my drummer/roommate go crazy and try to kill me and my other housemates. I’ve had a neighbor sneak a prostitute into my apartment while I was asleep to be woken up by her pimp banging on my front door. Then of course there’s just the mental piece of being a musician. You’re constantly striving to be better, constantly doubting your skills and talents when things aren’t going well and sometimes even when they are. All of it aside I’ve had a very cool life, seen and done many fun things and I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Please tell us about Billscottguitar.
Billscottguitar is everything me. I got into the music business primarily to be a guitar player in bands, but through the years to further my creativity and to pay the bills I have picked up many skills along the way. I’m known for the following talents:

– Guitarist
– Producer
– Engineer
– Teacher
– Studio Technician

Some of the talents I’m now trying to showcase more in my business is me as an artist and songwriter. I’m hoping the release of my album will help with that.

I’d say what sets me apart is I’m easy to work with, laid back but a hard worker, knowledgeable in many facets of the music business and most importantly most of my clients typically become my friends.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. As people say hindsight is always 20/20. I’m not sure I would have gone to Berklee. I would have liked to find the teachers I had outside of the school and pay them directly. I could have saved a lot of money to start my business with more capital. That being said, I had a great experience there and made some great friends too, so who knows? I also think I should have listened to my gut instincts more and let fears of mine and others not dictate certain choices I’ve made. I also wish after my last band had broken up I had immediately started focusing on being a solo artist. I feel a little behind the game taking a few years off but better late than never.

Pricing:

  • Full Song Production $2,000
  • Mixing $300 per song

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Artour Bajanov, Tresla Friedrick, Taryn Poe, Baz Here

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